After years working for a global fashion company that took Jess Weese everywhere from Saint-Tropez to South Korea, she settled in her charming hometown of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where she turned her creative gear into residential interior design. shifted to. designer opens her own studio, wees homeon Main Street, she grew up less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and soon discovered a stunning waterfront property on Maryland’s Eastern Shore while working with a couple in the town’s home base. Ta.
Built in the 18th century, the mansion sat on 40 acres along a secluded tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, with original Georgian colonial buildings still standing. And if those details weren’t enough for Wies to jump in and redesign his 10,000-square-foot property, the couple did hire a prominent architect. charles goebel The idea was to revive various buildings that have been built over 250 years into modern times while paying respect to their deeply rooted history.
“This property was love at first sight, but it needed a lot of love inside and out,” Wies says. “We touched up every wall, but the overall goal was to make it feel new and unadorned all at once.”
By the time Wies arrived on the scene, Goebel was already hard at work researching the architectural history of the house, outbuildings, and the site itself. These spaces had been neglected for years, so Goebel had to decide how to carefully adapt them to his family’s lifestyle and vision for the future. His wife dreamed of vacationing here, sharing the space with her friends and family, and even hosting their children’s weddings, so she was deeply rooted in the environment and the client herself. It was important to create a place where people felt like they belonged.
“We respected the quality of the original home and focused on making the most of what was there, and then took into account the awkwardness that has accumulated in this historic home over its 250 years of history. We redid the addition that hadn’t been done,” Goebel said. “Our goal was to edit and clarify the architecture so that the entire house and its additions were rebuilt as a coherent whole. The interior was brighter and more open, and the plan included There’s a good flow and organization.”
The most notable architectural changes made to the main house include the installation of an impressive spiral staircase to open up the entrance hall and create a grander welcome, and to make the rooms feel more generous and dramatic. For example, the ceilings were made higher to accommodate this.
Wies came to the project with a stunning light-drenched canvas and the home had a sense of place, so coming up with a design was never about experimenting with a particular color scheme or style, but rather capturing a generation. He says that was important. It feels incongruous with the idyllic setting of this estate.
“When I first presented the design boards to the client, they weren’t entirely different, but they definitely shared what I thought were two different visions,” says Weeth. says. “The first one was about a ‘traveling collector’ who could juxtapose sculpture with more rustic, primitive pieces, and the other was a more modern interpretation of a European country mansion. There were aspects of both that the client liked, so we ended up finding a moment where we could lean into rustic European charm while still being sculptural and simple. ”
The entire home strikes a balance between romance and restraint, and you’ll notice this as you wind your way down the idyllic tree-lined boulevard to arrive. The grand entrance hall created by Goebel’s team features plaster walls and an impressive spiral staircase with flanking iron railings. urban electric The patina-finished chandelier invites visitors to relax and calm down while enjoying the grandeur of this historic building.
Landscape murals, tapestry-inspired textiles, and textured materials throughout the home give the home a feel as if it’s been around since the 1700s, while still retaining the luxury of today. It has all the modern comforts you would expect from a modern home. .
“We really channeled that layered, collected vibe throughout the house, but always kept things with an approachable rusticity that blended well with the Eastern Shore environment, which has an almost wild, unspoiled feel outdoors.” I suppressed it,” Wies says.
Both the common areas and private bedrooms have a warm and inviting atmosphere, with stunning grounds or water views wherever possible. But Wiese loves the home’s main living room and her third-floor bedroom, which really showcase her creative vision for the home.the living room is wrapped susan harter Apply landscape mural wallpaper, overlooking a reflecting pool, and really set the scene for the outdoor environment to guide your interior design.
The third-floor bedroom belongs to one of her children, and Weese said it’s one of the best rooms in the house. Vaulted ceilings and beautiful Palladian windows provide the perfect balance of coziness and drama, and lovely details include a window seat bench, built-in dresser, and an extra twin bed for sleepovers. and is well balanced.
Weeth and Goebel agree that the project was a huge success because of the client’s trust and willingness to participate in such a large-scale undertaking. Wies says her favorite thing about the property is that the home feels very much like a family and complements rather than competes with the beauty of the surroundings. Goebel said the design team was able to breathe new life into this historic home and property, not as a museum piece, but as an “elegant and comfortable home for a young and active family and friends.” He said he is most proud of being a member of the
While this sense of scale, history and grandeur is woven throughout the property, the home welcomes its residents to the best of indoor-outdoor living, as well as the format of a lavish cocktail party. This facility has kids in swimsuits running from the pool to the kitchen and back for popsicles, lazy mornings with coffee in their pajamas, and family games around the dinner table. There are also facilities for doing so. All while admiring stunning views. The waters and landscapes that long ago called this land’s original inhabitants to this place.
Lauren Wicks is a freelance writer and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama. Before Lauren became independent, VERANDA, eat well, and cooking lightWe cover all aspects of lifestyle, from interior design to luxury travel, wine and wellness.